About the Workshop
The Expressive Landscape - Acrylic workshop
Stretch your creativity, move out of your comfort zone. Push past what you see, to what you feel, and to what you would like to express through your painting. Capture color, light and the essence of a place through impressionistic acrylic painting. Learn how to make value and negative patterns work for you. Create paintings that have strength and depth, while simplifying your composition to make your work stronger. Sharon will show you how to tell your story through bold brush strokes, and “unexpected” colour.Canvas/board prep, composition, and underpainting approaches shared. Colour mixing with a touch of theory to set the mood. Explore working with mediums, and transparent colours to make your work glow.
The following supply list is only my recommendation and not by any means is it mandatory. Any good art store in your area should have available just about everything on this list.
Please give this list a good read and phone Sharon at 613-393-3900 or email
Sharon@cranstongallery.com if you have any questions.
-Supports: Canvas boards, stretched canvases, or birch panels. Not too big, a size you feel comfortable with to complete your painting within a day.
-Brushes: I generally use a 1-inch flat acrylic brush, for most of my laying in of colour. For initial sketching in, I use a softer round #10 or #12 watercolour brush.
-Pigment Choices: I mostly paint with Golden High Flow acrylics. You can purchase these as a 10 colour kit from an art supply store, or individually in 1oz and 8oz sizes. Or, you can use Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, you will need a thinning medium if you are using this type of paint, see below. Suggested palette if you are bringing individual tubes: Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Titanium White, and Carbon Black. Feel free to bring other
paint colours as well, if you have them.
-Mediums: Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin) – used for thinning paint and glazing.
-Other Stuff: Floor or table easel, water bucket, paper towels, palette or “stay wet palette”
and a painting knife, blow dryer. Drawing pencil, black marker or pen, sketchbook/
-Photos: Please bring in some reference photos that inspire you. Your images, no magazine
shots. Print out your photos, don't rely on looking at your photos on your phone or ipad.
Sharon Fox Cranston
Sharon Fox Cranston, SCA, PSA, MPAC
Sharon Fox Cranston is a signature member of the Society of Canadian Artists, the Pastel Society of America, and a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of Canada.
For over forty years she has been a multi disciplinary, artist who has gained extensive experience painting with acrylic and soft pastel.
Her early work was illustrative in nature, which enabled her to develop a solid understanding of drawing and composition. Currently, Sharon’s focus is on a loose impressionistic style.
A Colourist at heart, she pushes colour and light to evoke an emotional response and to actively challenge the viewer to interpret the work for him or herself.
Sharon enjoys sharing the knowledge she has acquired over the years with her students to help them grow within their creative path.
A full time artist and gallery owner for over eleven years, this award winning artist’s work can be viewed in Lunenburg at Cranston Gallery.